§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what primary legislation is required for the privatisation of the Patent Office; and which Government Department is preparing it.
§ Mr. Heseltine
[holding answer 30 March 1994]: No decision has yet been taken on the future of the Patent Office. In the event that a decision was taken to privatise primary legislation would be required for which my Department has a lead responsibility.